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(This review pertains to the BFI UK Blu-ray release on Region 2 format)
By Paul Risker
When François Truffaut ordained Werner Herzog, “The most important filmmaker alive” wisdom would have suggested that there was not one film within his body of work to stand out as his most important. Only a body of work threaded together with consistency; a combination of great filmic works would warrant such a claim.
Following the infliction of National Socialism on the German artistic tradition and consciousness, Nosferatu the Vampyre is Werner Herzog reaching into the past to reconnect with his true cinematic roots. The film that he looked to was not only a masterpiece of German Expressionism, but more broadly of cinema – F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu. If Truffaut ordained Werner Herzog to be “The most important filmmaker alive” then Nosferatu the Vampyre is the arguably the filmmaker’s most important for this single reason.
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
So, I guess there's a bit of a problem with making these things harder, which is not many of you want to even try. At the same time, if I make it too easy, then you guess it right away. I'm not sure what the best option is with this because I really like this game, but it's no fun if someone gets them right away, nor is it fun if not many of you guess. Oh well, my problem I guess... That said, here are the answers to this latest graphic. If you want to browse the graphic before seeing the answers don't scroll below the image below or just click here or on the picture for a larger look in another window. Otherwise, I have posted the answers just below the picture. Thanks for participating! ... and here's the color version... Mr. & Mrs. Smith The Sword of Doom Tropic Thunder »
- Brad Brevet
We love our vampires. There is no denying that. And whether they be the frilly shirt wearing kind or the pointy toothed Alaskan invaders, whatever form they come in, we eat them right up (pun definitely intended). In celebration of the VOD and limited theatrical release of the Hong Kong vampire flick Rigor Mortis, we bring you the Top 5 Foreign Vampire Films.
Definitely a unique experience, Rigor Mortis looks to make its mark as a memorable foreign vampire film itself.
But back to the topic at hand. We have a couple of honorable mentions to start off with, including (and we're speculating on this first one, but we know it's going to »
- Scott Hallam
A whole bunch of Scream Factory goodness was dropped into our inbox this morning, so let's forgo the usual chit-chat and cut right to the chase!
First up, the world's greatest distribution company announced on their Facebook page that they're bringing three titles to Blu-ray for the very first time this coming fall, kicking off with a double feature release of 1972's Tales from the Crypt and 1973's The Vault of Horror.
The two classic British anthology films will be housed together as a double feature on Blu-ray (both for the first time) and Vault will be presented in its uncut form.
No dates have been set in stone, but both discs will arrive sometime in the fall.
In the meantime, »
- John Squires
Scream Factory continues to find new ways to fall in love with horror. This year, their "Summer of Fear" is setting collections on fire with classic releases including Final Exam, Evilspeak, Nosferatu the Vampyre, The House in the Alley and Sleepaway Camp (Collector’s Edition), but that is not all. Sure, they have some titles coming up that we are dying to get our hands on, but they are also finding new ways to involve us as fans.
The post Scream Factory Turns Up The Heat On Their Summer Of Fear With Webcasts & More! appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Christopher Jimenez
For horror fans, this summer really belongs to Scream Factory and their “Summer of Fear.” We’ve already told you that they’re giving more than a dozen titles a high-definition upgrade, but they’re not stopping there. It has just been announced that they have a number of special events planned, including live online screenings as part of their virtual drive-in experience:
“Crocodiles, rats, werewolves, cannibals and more terrors invade Scream Factory’s “Summer of Fear” DVD & Blu-ray line-up this season and the brand is celebrating their arrivals with a promotion this month that fans will die for!
The party began in May with the releases of Final Exam, Evilspeak, Nosferatu the Vampyre, The House in the Alley and Sleepaway Camp (Collector’s Edition) but the fun was just beginning… Eleven more terrifying films are coming this Summer including Ravenous (6/3), The Monkey’s Paw (6/17), The Final Terror (7/1), Lake Placid »
- Jonathan James
Written and directed by Werner Herzog
Before he filmed his eccentric version of what makes a bad lieutenant, and before he fictionalized his documentary about Dieter needing to fly, Werner Herzog in 1979 wrote and directed a full-fledged remake of a silent film classic. His Nosferatu the Vampyre, an exceptionally faithful take on F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu from 1922, recalls the original in story, tenor, and potency. Not matter the subject, Herzog frequently manages to endow the mundane and banal with qualities of inherent peculiarity; here, working specifically within the horror genre, his capacity for the uncanny is as intoxicating as ever.
In a contemporary documentary about the making of the film, included as part of the newly released Blu-ray, Herzog declares Murnau’s picture to be “the most important film ever made in Germany.” That’s quite a statement, certainly a debatable one, but it is nevertheless »
- Jeremy Carr
With Nosferatu the Vampyre (aka Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht), Werner Herzog's allegiance to F.W. Murnau's 1922 silent feature Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens makes it even more intriguing than it would be were it wholly original. Murnau's film is striking for its imagery to the point it owns what may be the most iconic horror villain of all-time, even for those that have never seen the movie, as Max Schreck's spindly figure rises from the shadows as Graf Orlok (a variation on Bram Stoker's "Dracula"). Murnau's Nosferatu, however, can be a bit of a challenge to get through, even at 94 minutes, while Herzog's adaptation brings new life to the story, with frequent nods to the original and more than enough to make it all his own. Herzog, of course, was able to make his film without worry over the rights to Stoker's novel as it had entered »
- Brad Brevet
I wanted to start off by saying how much I love seeing the amount of conversation in this space each week. I went back and looked and the 161 comments on last week's post was the tenth highest ever for a "What I Watched" piece, the highest being 258 last year on July 7. I'm starting to think about doing something similar for paid subscribers, but centering it on a specific topic or movie each week, though I am still toying with the best way to do it. For now, this seems to be doing quite well, keep up the chatter. Now, to business, this week I watched Werner Herzog's Cobra Verde, which I'll be reviewing soon enough, as well as X-Men: Days of Future Past (my review) and Filth (my review), but it didn't end there. HBO has been showing Fast & Furious 6 and Mission: Impossible on repeat as of late »
- Brad Brevet
In 1979, prolific German filmmaker Werner Herzog gave us his own re-imagining of F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu, which may arguably be one of his finest cinematic works. An evocative exercise in alienation and existential dread, Herzog masterfully tackles one of the greatest gothic stories ever with Nosferatu the Vampyre with the unforgettable (as always) Klaus Kinski as the titular blood-sucker.
While Herzog’s efforts draw a lot of inspiration from the original Nosferatu, he also smartly uses Bram Stoker’s original novel for his retelling in addition to his own wonderfully atmospheric storytelling sensibilities. Nosferatu the Vampyre starts off with the standard story set-up of Jonathan Harker (Bruno Ganz) being sent to the castle of Count Dracula (Kinski) in order to have him sign off on a land purchase in person. Harker hesitantly agrees to the dangerous trip, fueled by his desire to purchase a home for his beloved wife Lucy »
- Heather Wixson
Straining, sweating and struggling in the face of physical torment via his commanding officers, Werner Herzog's Woyzeck opens to the pained expression of Klaus Kinski as the film's title character, garrison soldier Franz Woyzeck. The scene plays after a melodic, harpsichord interlude introducing us to the small German town in which the film is set, transitioning to harsh strings as Herzog overcranks Woyzeck's introduction, bounding into view and rigidly going through his marching orders, pushed to his physical limit. Next we're witness to the psychological torment Woyzeck endures at the hands of his captain (Wolfgang Reichmann) and then again from a man we come to know only as Doctor (Willy Semmelrogge). A lowly private and strapped for cash with a child out of wedlock, Woyzeck submits to experiments at the hands of the doctor, including a diet in which he can only eat peas. His descent into madness »
- Brad Brevet
This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a number of films that were only recently in theaters, as well as a new addition to the Criterion Collection. Briefly: The Monuments Men [Blu-ray] - $22.99 (44% off) Pompeii Blu-ray 3D + Blu_ray + digital HD Ultra violet - $24.99 (46% off) Pompeii [Blu-ray] - $17.99 (50% off) 3 Days to Kill [Blu-ray] - $19.96 (50% off) Vampire Academy [Blu-ray] - $14.99 (63% off) About Last Night (+Ultraviolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] - $22.99 (36% off) Grand Piano [Blu-ray] - $25.48 (15% off) McCanick [Blu-ray] - $9.96 (67% off) Like Someone in Love (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray/DVD) - $33.96 (15% off) Nosferatu The Vampyre [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (20% off)
- Adam Chitwood
There is quite an assortment of titles arriving on DVD and Blu-ray this week, guaranteeing that there’s sure to be something right up your proverbial horror and sci-fi loving alley. Not only does Anchor Bay have a variety of titles coming at you, but Scream Factory also has another high definition horror classic for you guys, this time from legendary filmmaker Warner Herzog.
Rob Zombie is also releasing his first ever concert film, The Zombie Horror Picture Show, this week and BBC Home Entertainment is bringing home the recently recovered Doctor Who serial drama, The Enemy of the World, which had previously been lost for all these years (it originally aired in the late ‘60s). There are also some new horror gems arriving from both Magnolia Home Entertainment and Lionsgate as well as Raze, the latest gritty actioner from resident badass Zoe Bell.
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- Heather Wixson
Towards the end of Werner Herzog’s remake/reimagining of Nosferatu, pseudo-Mina-stand-in Lucy** (Isabelle Adjani) wanders outside through a crowd of revelers, basking in dance and each other’s company. The rub here is that in the background of all this merriment – half-discarded coffins and lost crud-stained pigs roam unnoticed. Lucy finally comes to a stop, noting an upper-class family enjoying a lavish dinner outside. The family gobbles platters of grub while delicately sipping their goblets of wine; however underneath the elegantly carved wooden table the family dines at, hundreds of rats scurry along nibbling at their bare feet. The imagery here clearly gets at the bleak nihilistic heart of Herzog’s picture: life just a series of distractions from the cold inevitability of death. All the joy and cheer of existence – a simple means for laymen to wish away and ignore their own impending insignificance. Hit the jump, to continue reading. »
- Tommy Cook
For many reasons, Werner Herzog’s 1972 vampire tale “Nosferatu the Vampyre” is a classic effort in the prolific filmmaker’s body of work, not least of which because it features Klaus Kinski, Herzog’s legendary muse and tempestuous collaborator, at his most tranquil and genuinely creepy. “It was clear there would never be a vampire of his caliber ever again,” Herzog said of Kinski at L.A.’s Cinefamily last night, where the little-seen German language version of the film begins a weeklong 35mm run today. “I do not need to see the vampire films of the future. I still know Kinski will be the best, at least for four or five centuries.” Co-starring Bruno Ganz, Isabelle Adjani, and Roland Topor, Herzog’s re-interpretation of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent classic is rife with the director’s trademarks: surreal landscapes and environments scored to Popol Vuh, an uneasy relationship with nature, »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Werner Herzog's take on the infamous Nosferatu is one of those rare instances where the remake of a seminal cinematic work (in this case F.W. Murnau's in 1922) is equally as mesmerizing as the first go-around. What's more is that Herzog made two versions of his beguiling and expressionistic Nosferatu. With financial backing from 20th Century Fox and an international cast consisting of a pre-Possession Isabelle Adjani, a young (and nearly fully haired) Bruno Ganz and the unparalleled Klaus Kinski as the vampire, Herzog shot major passages of dialog first in English (to appease those cigar chomping fat cats) and then in German. The result are two slightly different versions: Nosferatu The Vampyre and Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht. So not only is The Cinefamily screening...
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This week wasn't as busy in terms of number of movies watched as last week. I caught two movies in theaters -- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Locke -- and at home I watched Burden of Dreams, Les Blank's documentary on the making of Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo, and just last night I watched Herzog's Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht. As I've already said, I'm revisiting 16 of Werner Herzog's movies and reviewing each of them over the course of the next several weeks, this week I'm hoping to have reviews of both Fitzcarraldo and My Best Fiend, but I don't want to review either until I've finished reading Herzog's "Conquest of the Useless: Reflections from the Making of Fitzcarraldo", but I'm finding it hard to fit in enough time to do just that. This coming week is going to be busy for me as screenings for the Seattle Film Festival get underway, »
- Brad Brevet
It was a very busy week for me as I saw three movies in theaters and watched another five at home. As for the theatrical trips, they included two I've already reviewed -- The Other Woman (read the review here) and Brick Mansions (read the review here) -- and Jon Favreau's Chef (5/9), which I already wrote a little about, but I'll say it again here, I enjoyed it... review coming in a couple weeks. At home I watched a screener for Last Passenger (review here) and I also watched Blue Ruin On Demand and I'll have a review of that this coming week, but I did post this on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ropeofsilicon/status/459850214036078592 Then, last week I mentioned how I was digging into Werner Herzog's catalog courtesy of Fandor.com as they are releasing 16 of Herzog's titles, one a week, in advance of Shout Factory's release »
- Brad Brevet
This week involved a lot of movies at home, including the new Blu-ray for Double Indemnity, the new Blu-ray for William Friedkin's Sorcerer (read my review here) and, last night, I watched Werner Herzog's Aguirre, the Wrath of God on Fandor.com as I'll be reviewing 16 of Herzog's upcoming movies leading up to Shout Factory's release of Herzog: The Collection Limited Edition on July 29. The set includes Even Dwarfs Started Small, Nosferatu The Vampyre, Land Of Silence And Darkness, Fitzcarraldo, Fata Morgana, Ballad Of Little Soldier, Aguirre, The Wrath Of God, Where The Green Ants Dream, The Enigma Of Kaspar Hauser, Cobra Verde, Heart Of Glass, Lessons Of Darkness, Stroszek, Little Dieter Needs To Fly, Woyzeck and My Best Fiend and Fandor will be releasing one new title each week leading up to the release, each in HD. Of that lot, I've only seen Aguirre and Fitzcarraldo before, »
- Brad Brevet
There are filmmakers and then there's Werner Herzog, with his distinctive, unique form of features and documentaries carving out a special place in cinematic history. His oeuvre is large and you might not know where to begin or how to start. But don't worry, Shout Factory has you covered. The home video company is issuing a limited edition (only 5,000 copies!) box set, "Herzog: The Collection," featuring 16 of his acclaimed films and documentaries, 15 of which are making their Blu-ray debuts. Damn. The movies included are: "Even Dwarfs Started Small," "Land of Silence and Darkness," "Fata Morgana," "Aguirre, the Wrath of God," "The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser," "Heart of Glass," "Stroszek," "Woyzeck," "Nosferatu the Vampyre," "Fitzcarraldo," "Ballad of the Little Soldier," "Where the Green Ants Dream," "Cobra Verde," "Lessons of Darkness," "Little Dieter Needs to Fly" and "My Best Fiend." To hold you over until you can devour those films, here's an extensive, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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